by: michael eli dokosi /www.blakkpepper.com/ghana
The Electoral Commission will resume the voter transfer exercise in Asonafo South and Suhum in the Eastern and Bono Ahafo regions respectively after a spate of violent incidents.
This follows an assurance given by the Inspector General of Police, John Kudalor that electoral officers at the district level shall be given police protection in the course of their work.
Director of Operations of the Ghana Police Service, Chief Superintendent Dr. Benjamin Agordzo, speaking on Ghana Televisions’ ‘Talking Point’ show admitted his unit, the Electoral Commission (EC) and other stakeholders underrated the potential risk inherent in the voter transfer exercise because no uproar had greeted the process in the past.
He conceded police protection should have been sought by the EC given the high stakes involved in this years’s election but quickly added all stakeholders must be tasked for the violence which happened especially the political parties.
Head of Communication at the EC, Eric Dzakpasu submitted electoral violence disrupts the operation of the commission often disturbing observers, voters, EC officers and other stake holders and leads to destruction of infrastructure.
He added, the violent incident led to halting of operations but with the police guarantees, the exercise shall resume.
Some fellows claimed to be National Democratic Congress (NDC) sympathisers attacked Electoral Commission (EC) officials at Suhum in the Eastern Region on Thursday, threatening to kill them if they did not effect changes in voter transfer for some persons leaving outside the constituency.